Troy Thrash

President and CEO, Air Zoo

A man of infinite imagination and constant reinvention, covering the width and breadth of Troy’s experience is a job best left to posterity. From Pennsylvania stargazing as a child igniting his love of science and the wonder that comes with it, Troy has brought his infectious enthusiasm, dogged work ethic, and profound belief in the power of education to everything from the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Da Vinci Science Center to the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre Board and Kalamazoo’s own Civic Theatre. He’s even mastered the art of partnership-building as Executive Director of the National Aerospace Development Center, where his efforts brought federal and state governments, industry groups, educators, workforce systems, and community developers together to develop vital workforce programs.

Today Troy is the CEO of the Air Zoo and its most vocal advocate for STEM and STEAM accessibility for Kalamazoo’s youth. He is an active Board member of the Kalamazoo Rotary, and has inspired local kids as a soccer coach, science speaker/experimenter, Sunday School teacher, and as an Emcee for the FIRST Robotics Championships.